FEARS are growing for some of the 700 jobs at Pfizer's plant in Newbridge after staff were called to attend an early-morning meeting today. The move has prompted fears that between 100 and 150 jobs could be at risk at the drug manufacturing facility.
The company last night declined to say whether today's meeting had been called to announce a fresh round of job cuts. Around 200 people lost their jobs at the Newbridge site in 2010, during an earlier round of cost-cutting. Pfizer will issue a statement following the briefing, the spokeswoman said.
GARDAI were last night questioning 11 people following raids on business premises and private homes in an investigation into unlawful moneylending.
Officers carried out the coordinated raids around Kilrush, Co Clare, as part of Operation Payday. Five men aged from 18 to 55 were detained along with six women aged from 20 to 49.
HOMELESS NUMBERS UP
A RECORD number of people are sleeping rough in the capital – and more could wind up on the streets due to the recession, according to homeless agencies.
The latest figures revealing that 139 people are sleeping on the streets of Dublin is the highest figure since official counts began in 2007, according to Focus Ireland.
FISH OUT OF WATER
Drivers and passers-by were surprised to see hundreds of fish spilled across a road in Waterford yesterday. The incident occurred at a roundabout on the Dunmore Road, on the outskirts of the city, shortly after 11am.
Waterford City Council was contacted and carried out a swift clean-up with the assistance of the fire services. A council spokesperson said: "It was probably a lorry that had a bit too much fish, and probably a few fish on top of it slid off, and on to the road."
MISSING GIRL APPEAL
GARDAI are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 15-year-old girl who has been missing for almost a week.
Rebekah Burnett was last seen at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre on Thursday, November 28. She is described as being 5ft 2in in height, of slim build, with long blonde hair. When last seen she was wearing her school uniform of a black jumper and blue skirt but she may have changed her clothes. Gardai are appealing for anyone with information to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 6667000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.